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Role of the Diagnostic Physicist

E Samei1*, W West2*, (1) Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, (2) West Physics, Atlanta, GA


(Tuesday, 7/31/2018) 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Room: Room 209

Medical imaging is a cornerstone of medical practice. A technology initially grown from a physics experiment, medical imaging has been enabled over decades by medical physicists who have played central roles in the development and advancement of the discipline. Over the decades, medical physics has enabled continuous advances in imaging and its safe and effective use. Clinically, physicists have also played key roles to ensure compliance with quality and safety standards that they themselves fostered. Innovative technologies can offer enhanced opportunities for high-quality imaging care. In the current healthcare landscape of enhanced and diverse imaging options, however, optimized and evidence-based use of the technology cannot be assumed. New clinical realities require the utmost rigor in the effective use of technology in the drive towards high-quality, consistent practice of medical imaging that is patient-centered, evidence-based, and safe. Physics has great potential to move beyond the current compliance and safety testing towards intentional evidence-based use of the technology to serve clinical care. This involves three types of activities for the modern diagnostic imaging physicist: metrology of quality and safety targeted towards clinical outcome, optimization of imaging process to ensure personalization of care, and retrospective analysis of patient data. By leading these advances through the targeted clinical application of physical sciences, medical physics can advance us towards innovative precision care.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the renewed role of diagnostic imaging physicist in clinical operation.
2. Understand the role of clinically-relevant metrologies in diagnostic physics.
3. Understand the role of imaging protocol optimization and monitoring in diagnostic imaging physics.
4. Understand the differing working models and service for diagnostic physics.



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